A report posted recently on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website states: “CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley.”
More states have joined the original 18 that filed a lawsuit on December 3 against the federal government and several federal officials seeking relief against the defendants’ violations of the Constitution and federal law resulting from President Obama’s November 20 announcement that he would unilaterally suspend immigration law as applied to four million illegal immigrants.
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the union that represents some 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support personnel, announced on January 23 that they are opposed to the Secure Our Borders First Act (H.R. 399), introduced in the House by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), on January 16.
One month ago, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell issued a temporary injunction that forced Arizona to permit young "DREAMers" to apply for driver’s licenses. On Thursday, he made the injunction permanent.
President Obama mentioned immigration only briefly during his 2015 State of the Union address, touching on the highly charged issue only twice in his 6,500-word speech. As if to declare a truce on the topic for the evening, the Republican response to the address, delivered by freshman Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, did not mention immigration once.